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"Painter of Light" Thomas Kincade dies at 54
CBS ^ | 4/7/2012

Posted on 04/07/2012 7:39:53 AM PDT by KansasGirl

(CBS/AP) One of the most successful artists of all time, prolific painter Thomas Kinkade - the self-described "Painter of Light" - died Friday at the age of 54.

A spokesperson for the Kinkade family said the artist died at home in Los Gatos, Calif., apparently of natural causes.

Kinkade's paintings were anything but controversial, depicting scenes of a light-filled America with a heavy emphasis on home, hearth and church. His sentimental scenes of country gardens and pastoral landscapes in dewy morning light were beloved by many but criticized by the art establishment.

The painter once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell: He wanted to make people happy.

Those light-infused renderings are often prominently displayed in buildings, malls, and on products — generally depicting tranquil scenes with lush landscaping and streams running nearby. Many contain images from Bible passages.

"I'm a warrior for light," Kinkade, a self-described devout Christian, told the San Jose Mercury News in 2002, a reference to the medieval practice of using light to symbolize the divine. "With whatever talent and resources I have, I'm trying to bring light to penetrate the darkness many people feel."

And he had a large following: Kinkade's paintings and spin-off products were said to fetch some $100 million a year in sales, and to be in 10 million homes in the United States.


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[ His sentimental scenes of country gardens and pastoral landscapes in dewy morning light were beloved by many but criticized by the art establishment. ]

Would this be the same "art establishment" that celebrates a crucifix in jars of pee as art? Not surprising they didn't appreciate the beauty in Kincaid's work.

1 posted on 04/07/2012 7:39:54 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: KansasGirl

Damn it. Such a shame. I really liked his painting and seemed to be a good person. Not to be crass but if you have a Kinkaid, the price just went up. God Bless him and his family.


2 posted on 04/07/2012 7:42:40 AM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: KansasGirl

Amen.

This same “Art Establishment” loathed Norman Rockwell, Arthur Friberg, and Maxfield Parrish for the same reason. OR they would smarmily “demote” them from “Artist” to “Illustrator”.

It is as if the person is no longer an Artist if the intent is to celebrate beauty.

RIP, Mr. Kincaid.


3 posted on 04/07/2012 7:44:34 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: KansasGirl

Mr. Kincaid will be sorely missed, but we’ve been abundantly blessed by him and his talent, humility, and generous spirit.

The “art establishment” can go pound sand, naturally. From lauding the crucifix in a jar to gushing over a masterpiece they later learned was made by chimps to the eventual discovery of a painting hanging upside down for years in a museum, they’ve somewhat squandered any credibility they may have once had. The “artsy-fartsy” types dumped all over the late, great Norman Rockwell, too, for being a mere “illustrator” and not a true artist. Imagine that. Sounds like a collective case of a sort of, ahem, “envy” to me, but what do I know? I’m neither an art expert nor psychiatrist, of course.


4 posted on 04/07/2012 7:47:54 AM PDT by MarineDad (Wherever mosques and JDAM's meet, civilization benefits)
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To: KansasGirl

The art world — like every other — is filled jealous, insecure, petty dictators who see “success” as a zero-sum game. Sometimes it seems the most brilliant people have the most shrivelled souls.


5 posted on 04/07/2012 7:48:03 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: KansasGirl
Kincade did have a knack for handling light, but his work must be classified basically as kitsch. Popular,though, and the "art establishment" must be eating their livers at how much money he made--plus, his being a Christian--all over Manhattan they've been whining--"it just isn't fair, I tell you!"
6 posted on 04/07/2012 7:48:39 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: napscoordinator

Actually, he was an alcoholic, who fell off the wagon a few yrs ago and was accused of spousal abuse. Apparently, he’s a mean drunk. I remember the story back then. I thought his career was over. Guess he made a comeback.
Don’t know if they’re still married.


7 posted on 04/07/2012 7:49:36 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: KansasGirl

Go to the light Thomas!


8 posted on 04/07/2012 7:49:53 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: KansasGirl
Honestly his work struck as the sort you would (and did) see for sale at malls. Not my cup.

How do you die at home at age 54?

9 posted on 04/07/2012 7:50:13 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: KansasGirl

A Google Collection of Thomas Kincade's Paintings


10 posted on 04/07/2012 7:53:55 AM PDT by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: KansasGirl
The Art Establishment's Version Of Art.

Photobucket

11 posted on 04/07/2012 7:54:22 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse)
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To: napscoordinator
I have a couple of his paintings and I didn't buy them for any reason other than I like looking at them. They are feel good, tranquil paintings that cause me to slow down and admire them for a bit during a busy day.

Critics be damned!

12 posted on 04/07/2012 7:54:43 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (Have a Blessed Good Friday)
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To: left that other site
It is as if the person is no longer an Artist if the intent is to celebrate beauty.

that has to be the mother of all ironies, and a really good reason to celebrate it all the more. But beauty is truth, and the truth might not look so pretty sometimes.

13 posted on 04/07/2012 7:54:50 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: deport

Beautiful work by him; I never knew. Thanks for the link, d.


14 posted on 04/07/2012 7:56:40 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: deport

sheesh........

Kincade s/b Kinkade in my previous post..


15 posted on 04/07/2012 7:57:07 AM PDT by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: KansasGirl

To many “art experts,” any work containing actual beauty is criticized as being trite and/or sentimental. I’ve never understood why.


16 posted on 04/07/2012 7:57:55 AM PDT by MizSterious (Now that Perry's out, I guess I'll just have to vote for "Generic Republican Candidate")
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To: the invisib1e hand
His work did not appeal to me either, overly sentimental and over worked. But it takes all kinds.
17 posted on 04/07/2012 7:58:42 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: deport

Kincade’s plein air paintings of Catalina Island were excellent but his “light” paintings seem to be more Hotel/Motel school of art. Anyway, RIP Thomas.


18 posted on 04/07/2012 8:00:20 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Ditter

I’m sorry, I found his work rather kitschy, but I appreciate his values and detail. He’ll be missed for the joy he’s brought to so many people.


19 posted on 04/07/2012 8:01:51 AM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: KansasGirl

I had no idea he was my age....I thought he was much older.

I didn’t hate him by any means even though not my cup of tea and his commercial success was huge ...more than likely anyone of last 25 years.

Bev Doolittle a close second maybe

and that whale painter from Carmel area...that has store too.

Anyhow Godspeed...there is art for everyone.

Critics and art majors often have a very arbitrary distinction between art and illustration.

and history can love an illustrator just the same...Remington, Russell, Rockwell and maybe Kincaid one day...who knows


20 posted on 04/07/2012 8:02:41 AM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: nuconvert

He certainly had his demons to fight. WIKI Bio:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Kinkade#Personal_conduct


21 posted on 04/07/2012 8:02:58 AM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Thorliveshere

Sorry I am not sure I know the meaning of “kitschy”.


22 posted on 04/07/2012 8:03:43 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Thorliveshere

If you ever get a chance to go to a gallery that can adjust light when looking at one of his paintings, you’ll see that the lights in the windows, rooms and other places in the paintings really do light up. It’s cool.


23 posted on 04/07/2012 8:04:09 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Ditter
Kitsch (English pronunciation: /ˈkɪtʃ/, loanword from German) is a form of art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art or a worthless imitation of art of recognized value.
24 posted on 04/07/2012 8:05:58 AM PDT by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: Ditter

Without sounding too insulting, it’s something that’s looks cheaply made, mass-produced. It’s not to that level. I guess I’ve just seen so much of Kincade’s work all over calendar’s, etc., that I do see it as that way. I know Rockwell stuff is the same way, but I just consider Rockwell cut above Kincade.

Don’t get me wrong, I would take a Kincade over a Pollock or a Bacon.


25 posted on 04/07/2012 8:07:37 AM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: hoosiermama

Yup. He was strange.
Though I admit, I liked some of his paintings, especially the street scenes.


26 posted on 04/07/2012 8:07:44 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: deport

Perfect! I agree.


27 posted on 04/07/2012 8:09:19 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Thorliveshere

Okay, I’m a little bit of an art snob.

I’M SORRY!!! I don’t criticize people who collect him, though. It’s there taste.

And, again, I appreciate him for the values he put through his paintings, so kitschy was too strong of a word.


28 posted on 04/07/2012 8:09:48 AM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: Ditter
From wikipedia:

Kitsch (English pronunciation: /ˈkɪtʃ/, loanword from German) is a form of art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art or a worthless imitation of art of recognized value.

In the modern era, throwing paint at a canvas, or putting a crucifix in urine is "Art".

Paintings which celebrate beauty are inferior, worthless, and "kitschy". Sophisticated people do not purchase such works.

29 posted on 04/07/2012 8:12:24 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: napscoordinator

This saint is in Heaven now rejoicing with his Savior Jesus Christ.


30 posted on 04/07/2012 8:12:50 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: deport

I see you beat me to it.


31 posted on 04/07/2012 8:13:02 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: Ditter
Sorry I am not sure I know the meaning of “kitschy”.

I think the classic examples of "kitch" are paintings of large-eyed kittens, large-eyed children, anything painted on black velvet, etc.

32 posted on 04/07/2012 8:14:59 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Ditter
But it takes all kinds

exactly. And appreciate his convictions and am sorry to hear about his struggles and his early death, which he might just see as a promotion.

33 posted on 04/07/2012 8:17:35 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: Ditter
I am an art collector, and though his work is pleasing, it doesn't have much artistic value. I have also heard rumours he sometimes cheated when it came to originals. Again, just rumours.

His orignials a while back used to fetch about $20K - $40K. I sure wouldn't have paid it, as I saw the upside as very limited. I think his after death prosepcts will focus on the volume of art he created. I don't think he massed produced originals (versus the opposite of copies (prints, giclees, etc.).

Due to that scarcity, I can see his original art going up, partially offset by the lack of artist quality.

34 posted on 04/07/2012 8:19:35 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Steely Tom

“anything painted on black velvet, etc”

EVEN ELVIS!!!!!?


35 posted on 04/07/2012 8:21:05 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: KansasGirl
Kincaide6 Kincaide5 kincade4 Photobucket Photobucket Kincaide1
36 posted on 04/07/2012 8:21:40 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("We Need To Teach The Establishment a Lesson" - Newt Gingrich)
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To: KansasGirl
“Art” is like porn, I know it when I see it. Thomas Kinkade was a legitimate artist. Art snobs are just snobs.
37 posted on 04/07/2012 8:24:03 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Menehune56
There's big money for the ambitious in hotel art. Many rooms have originals by local artists ~ who were willing to paint enough frames for the entire place.

If you think that's easy ..............

38 posted on 04/07/2012 8:27:06 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: ClearCase_guy
I am an artist and while I do not like Kincade’s paintings, neither do I like paint thrown on canvases. There is a lot of good stuff out that that is neither one.
39 posted on 04/07/2012 8:29:44 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: combat_boots
If you ever get a chance to go to a gallery that can adjust light when looking at one of his paintings, you’ll see that the lights in the windows, rooms and other places in the paintings really do light up. It’s cool.

Inspired by these galleries I installed multiple track lighting with dimmers all over my condo.

Most of what I hang is my own photography, but we just started collecting glass art. Glass has an intensity of color and reflection that is hard to get with oils.

40 posted on 04/07/2012 8:33:20 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Ditter
Tastes vary. I'm not a huge Kinkade fan. I just think that "kitsch" is mostly used as word to say "I am so sophisticated, that I am above liking such stuff as this".

The word might have a genuine meaning, but in popular conversation it is used to insult one thing in order to elevate one's self and promote the idea that one is Intellectually Sophisticated.

The only people I know who use the word "kitsch" are Liberals.

41 posted on 04/07/2012 8:33:48 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Yes, Truth is not always “Pretty”.

That’s why I love FR. We celebrate beauty, but we are not afraid of the truth, even when it’s ugly.
Mr. Kincaid had chosen the Beautiful part of truth upon which to focus his talent. That is OK, as there is no shortage of Artists who revel in the controversial, the gritty, the harsh, and ugly aspects of the truth.

Kinkaid was refreshing in his depiction of Beauty, as it is getting quite rare these days. Nearly all aspects of our present culture (Art, Music, Film, Dance, etc)celebrate violence, deviant sex, racial hatred, misogyny, drug abuse, and death.

And that’s not even counting the porn.


42 posted on 04/07/2012 8:34:42 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: Thorliveshere
it’s something that’s looks cheaply made, mass-produced.

Then you certainly won't appreciate one of my favorite artists, which is OK. Mrs p6 won't let me hang any of Ken Zylla - a gallery of his art. these in our home...sigh.

I liked Kinkade as well and if it were up to me I'd have both his, Zylla's and a few other paintings and prints from artists I enjoy around our home. As it is now it's all pictures of grandkids so no room for my stuff, LOL!

43 posted on 04/07/2012 8:36:55 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: combat_boots

If you ever get a chance to go to a gallery that can adjust light when looking at one of his paintings, you’ll see that the lights in the windows, rooms and other places in the paintings really do light up. It’s cool.


Light colors reflect. This is a shameless sales tactic, akin to “the eyes follow you!”


44 posted on 04/07/2012 8:37:03 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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To: CAluvdubya
They are feel good, tranquil paintings that cause me to slow down and admire them for a bit during a busy day.

We have a photograph of a waterfall and a local watercolor of a lake scene for the same purpose. "Don't bother me ... I'm at the waterfall!"

45 posted on 04/07/2012 8:40:40 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Love means to give absolutely everything." ~ Dominik Cdl. Duka)
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To: Ditter
so Ditter...show us some of your work..
let us judge you...

I'm a mother of an artist (medical Illustrator) “they draw what can't be seen, watch what's never been done, and tell thousands about it without saying a word”

ALL artist have been given a talent from God...ours was a gift as well...I've always found Peace and Comfort in Thomas Kinkades works, he will be missed by many..

WISHING ALL FREEPERS A BLESSED EASTER.

46 posted on 04/07/2012 8:45:15 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: hinckley buzzard
"Kincade did have a knack for handling light, but his work must be classified basically as kitsch."

I agree, but one man's kitsch is another man's living room. I find Kincade's style too predictable, but if it's popular, he deserves to be successful, and more power to him and those that like him. For me, the closest thing to what Kincade was doing that I like are Maxfield Parrish's landscapes.

47 posted on 04/07/2012 8:46:43 AM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: MizSterious
To many “art experts,” any work containing actual beauty is criticized as being trite and/or sentimental. I’ve never understood why.

Because their hearts are full of sin and black bile.

Therefore beauty and light are loathsome, "for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks".

48 posted on 04/07/2012 8:47:10 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: Thorliveshere
I’m a little bit of an art snob

Aren't we all?

I wouldn't give a penny for a Picasso or a Warhol or most anything abstract.

On a side note last year I picked up a "print" of a Lautrec Moulin Rouge poster for our bedroom. I should have sent it back because it's not well done but decided to keep it anyway because I like it, flaws and all.

49 posted on 04/07/2012 8:47:44 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: haircutter; Eaker
Maybe Eaker will post the painting I did of his dog Pitt Stop. I am not able to post photos on here, sorry I am not a techie.
50 posted on 04/07/2012 8:50:49 AM PDT by Ditter
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